Transcriptic's experienced and diverse leadership team deeply believe in the core mission to turn biology into an information technology. Together they form a highly efficient team spanning biology, automation, and software engineering that guide the fantastic team of people that is Transcriptic.
Max Hodak is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Transcriptic. Max was inspired to form the company after working as a research assistant at Duke University Medical Center, where he built brain-machine interfaces for monkeys. As a member of the lab, he witnessed on a regular basis the inefficiencies of basic laboratory work that he felt were ripe for robotic optimization. Prior to founding Trancriptic, he was Chief Technology Officer for Inporia, where he designed software to track near-real-time price changes on e-commerce websites. He was also co-founder and CEO of MyFit, a company that designed software to forecast the likelihood of college acceptances for high school students. That company was sold to Naviance in October 2010. Max received the White House Champion of Change Award from the U.S. White House in 2013 for being a “crowdfunding pioneer” since Transcriptic was the first company to raise a seed investment round online from a crowdsourced group of angel investors. In 2015, he was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” List in healthcare. Max received a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Yvonne Linney has more than 25 years’ experience as an executive at industry-leading companies in the life sciences and diagnostics industries, joining Transcriptic in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, she was an executive at Agilent Technologies, beginning as Vice President and General Manager for the Genomics Business and becoming Vice President and General Manager of the Life Science Solutions Division, composed of the LC/MS, automation, and nucleic acid synthesis businesses. Prior to joining Agilent in 2006, Yvonne held positions as Director of Molecular Diagnostics and Global Strategic Marketing at Siemens Healthcare (now part of Bayer Diagnostics) and Senior Director, Marketing and Product Management at Caliper Life Sciences. From 1993-2003, she was a key member of the senior leadership team at Amersham International (now GE Healthcare), which included collaborating with the founding members of the Human Genome Project. Yvonne holds a BS in Microbiology and Virology from Warwick University, UK, and a PhD in Genetics from Leicester University, UK.
As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago, Jimmy Sastra worked in a traumatic brain injury lab where he learned that wet lab biology requires lots of tedious human labor and could greatly benefit from automation. This experience prompted him to get a PhD at the Penn Modlab, where he built modular robots. He then worked at Willow Garage, where Jimmy designed different body parts for a humanoid robot. He joined Transcriptic from the Open Source Robotics Foundation, where he worked in mechanical engineering.
Evan Worley has more than a decade of senior-level engineering experience. Prior to joining Transcriptic as VP of Software Engineering, he was Director of Engineering at DNAnexus, a pioneer in cloud-based genomic analysis software services. Prior to that, Evan worked for Intuit as a Senior Software Engineer focused on next-generation computation and modeling systems for the consumer tax division. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of California, San Diego.
Ginger Cooper is Head of Global Sales at Transcriptic, joining the team in 2016. She is a successful sales and business development executive with more than 15 years of experience in the life sciences industry. Prior to Transcriptic, she was Western US Regional Manager of HighRes Biosolutions, a manufacturer of robotics and laboratory devices, where she established sales operations for a new territory and quickly grew it into a robust business. Before that, Ginger worked for Agilent Technologies, where she successfully developed the Latin American market and handled business development for key product lines in the Agilent portfolio. Ginger also has experience developing markets and sales territories at CyBio US and BioTek Instruments. Ginger earned her BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Yin He is Head of Scientific Operations and joined Transcriptic in June 2013 as the 2nd scientist. She holds a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Genomics from Cornell University. At Cornell, Yin’s thesis focused on protein folding pathways and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in the context of metabolic disorders, resulting in 8 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals such as Cell Metabolism and Molecular Cell. For the past three years, Yin has worked on building an automated cloud lab in which researchers can conduct their experiments remotely, reproducibly and without ever picking up a pipette!